After last week’s nasty, knock-out, drag-out verbal fight between former BFF’s/persons Cristina Yang and Meredith Grey, it’s starting to look like the beginning of the end of Sandra Oh‘s time on “Grey’s Anatomy” … and it’s not pretty.
Ever since it was announced that Oh would be departing the long-running ABC medical drama after 10 seasons, many fans were wondering how Shonda Rhimes and co. would write off her iconic character. Would she die, a la George, Mark, and Lexie? Or would she leave for (onscreen and offscreen) personal relationship reasons like Burke, or Addison? In Thursday’s all-new episode of “Grey’s Anatomy,” it began to look like it might be the latter.
It might be pretty early in the season to even think about Oh’s departure and how it might look onscreen, but the foundation has been cemented for Cristina to leave Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital for good on account of everyone she loves cutting her out of their lives. She put it perfectly herself when she tried to talk about her depressing day to Meredith: “I think I’ve ceased to exist. I made history today. Literally. I operated on the inoperable. I saved a man from certain death, and then ruined his life. And then Owen seems very happy with that Marling person. He’s never even mentioned me. It’s as if the last few years never happened. Also the automatic paper towel thingie won’t recognize me as human.”
And instead of offering her person words of encouragement or advice or even a shoulder to rest her head on, Meredith just says, “I’m sorry, what?” She wasn’t even listening. In addition to her work not mattering despite it being history-making, and her ex-husband not even thinking of her, now Meredith and her aren’t on the same page professionally and personally, so her person won’t give her any time or focus or attention.
Is this really how they’re going to write out Cristina Yang? By cutting her off from everyone she knows and loves? By diminishing her brilliant work to inconveniences? Cristina — and Oh — deserve so much better than that after 10 amazing seasons. They both deserve to go out on top with a bang, not disappear and fade out with not so much as a whimper.
We still have time for this story to turn around, so let’s hope this is just a bump in the road for Cristina. Hopefully she can patch things up with Meredith, and Owen will give their relationship history the respect it deserves, and her work will be recognized for its brilliance. We’ve got time, so let’s make it count.
“Grey’s Anatomy” airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.